SEATTLE -- The Orioles can only wonder how good the club might be with an everyday Glenn Davis, but for now they must settle for an occasional flash of his substantial talent.
Davis hit a pair of two-run home runs in Tuesday night's 13-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners, raising hope that he was about to re-assert himself as one of the premier power hitters in the game. But he was not in the lineup yesterday.
"He was a little stiff this morning, so I wanted to get him a day off after the night game," manager Johnny Oates said. "I want him for as many games as possible. I can feel my legs and back just standing on this [artificial] turf, so I can imagine how it feels to the players."
Davis said: "I'm just trying to do the best that I can, going from day to day and trying to make some adjustments. I'm learning how to get by with what I've got. I'm looking forward to the day when the sun shines and all my aches and pains are gone."
Davis apparently felt fine Tuesday night. He figured heavily in an Orioles offense that carried fill-in starter Rick Sutcliffe to his sixth victory of the year. The club built a 10-0 lead against left-hander Randy Johnson and a parade of Mariners relievers, then held on to even the series at a game apiece.
There were solid offensive performances throughout the lineup. Every starter had reached base at least once by the fourth inning and every starter except Mike Devereaux and David Segui had reached twice by the end of the fifth. Some highlights:
* Bill Ripken had three hits by the fourth inning, building a string of five consecutive hits that dated back to Monday's game.
* Randy Milligan reached base in four consecutive innings.
* Chito Martinez hit his first home run of the season after replacing Segui, who came down with the flu and had to leave the game.
Sutcliffe came back on two days' rest to fill in for flu-ridden Mike Mussina and came away with his first victory in two weeks. He was coming off a pair of outings in which he gave up 14 earned runs over nine innings.